The Reading Liberia 20/20 program has begun the training of 210 teachers from 30 public and community primary schools in Bomi and Margibi counties. The five-day training exercise which began on Monday August 22 and ended last Friday, was conducted in seven clusters across the two counties.
Johnson Togba, Reading Liberia’s 20/20 Supervisor, told reporters at the offices of WE-CARE Foundation in Monrovia that the workshop was held to introduce the Reading Liberia model and framework in teaching; literacy for active learning and critical thinking; and integrate literacy into content areas such as science, social studies, language arts and other courses.
Other core objectives are to identify ways teachers can teach reading and writing during lesson delivery as well as to integrate the Reading Liberia HI-FIVES (fluency, interpretation/comprehension, vocabulary, engagement, sound/spelling) in all subjects.
Mr. Togba also explained that each teacher will receive packages containing illustrated posters, poster sheets, markers, scissors, crayons and other materials for their use in developing teaching aids and making their classrooms learning environments.
WE-CARE Program Coordinator, Yvonne Caphart Weah, said that the program started five years ago and trained teachers in 72 schools. This time around, it is for another five years and will involve 60 schools.
She said each teacher will undergo training for 18 months and the successful candidates will receive the Reading Liberia Teacher Certificate at the end of the training.
Weah said Reading Liberia 20/20 aims to build the capacity of teachers in teaching reading and writing across the curriculum to improve the reading, writing and thinking skills of their students.
She emphasized that part of the program’s curriculum has been upgraded to the equivalent of the “C” and “B” certificates and that Reading Liberia 20/20 is now 60 percent instruction and 40
percent content driven. Weah called on the teachers to make the best use of the training as they teach their students.
Reading Liberia 20/20 is a comprehensive reading initiative with the ultimate goal to improve the learning outcomes of primary school students by acquiring reading, writing, and problem-solving skills.
It is an initiative of WE-CARE Foundation and her partner, the Canadian Organization for Development through Education (CODE).